The 119th running of the Boston Marathon was this week. The great thing about this marathon is that it brings out a lot of positive and feel good stories. There are plenty to be found in this years running, but it’s probably the person who finished the race last that has the best story of all.
Maickel Melamed completed the 26.2-mile course in about 20 hours, crossing the finish line around 5 a.m. You probably have seen the story by now. What makes his story so amazing is that Melamed was born with muscular dystrophy yet still conquered every last of the 26.2 miles. I’m no doctor so I can’t sit here and tell you what it is like to live with this, but after watching the video I would be in awe if he finished a local 5K race let alone the Boston Marathon.
What makes his story so amazing is what it says to everyone else in the world. Not just in the running community, but in any area of life. Excuses on why something cannot be done are exactly that, excuses. Whether it’s finishing the Boston Marathon or getting yourself out of debt, Melamed’s story applies to any situation someone faces. If you have an obstacle in front of you there is no magic potion needed to get around it. You have to make a plan and attack it head on, regardless of difficulties.
Too many times people will be quick to tell you why something can’t be done. It’s pretty simple why they think this way, it’s a lot easier to say “no” or “can’t” than it is to actually get it done. Think about it, accomplishing a goal takes time and dedication. Whereas saying “well it just can’t be done” takes no effort at all. I ran my first 5K in June 2013 and will run my first Marathon in October 2015. It would have been easy at anytime during that journey to just give up. I mean who has 2 years to dedicate towards one single goal? But I haven’t given up because it’s important to me. My story in no way compares to what Melamed did, nor would I ever suggest it.
If you want something, whatever it may be, you have to make a plan and go after it. If you do not, you probably never really wanted it bad enough and need to accept that as the real reason, and not because “you just can’t”
“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ~Dale Carnegie